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DOJ Suit Against ValueAct Shines Spotlight on HSR Requirements for Shareholder Activists

Suit signals potential consequences for activist investors who rely on the HSR “solely for purposes of investment” exemption. On April 4, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) sued certain ValueAct Capital entities...more

Activist Funds Should Heed the Latest Enforcement of the HSR Act

The limits on an investor’s ability to acquire stock under the “investment-only” exemption to the HSR Act’s reporting requirements take center stage as the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (the “DOJ”)...more

When Passive Investors Take a Stand – HSR Act Enforcement Put to the Test

Enforcement actions for violations of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act (HSR) often are announced with substantial money penalties or other restrictions agreed in advance between the agency and the parties. Not so with the Department...more

Rush to conflict: Hurried transaction fails after British Columbia court finds conflicts of interest

Conflicts of interest in corporate transactions can present thorny issues for directors, management and their advisors. A British Columbia company recently found itself in a prickly situation when a proposed deal was...more

"Proposed Delaware General Corporation Law Amendments Would Address Appraisal Proceedings, Short-Form Mergers, Court of Chancery...

On March 16, 2016, the Corporation Law Council of the Delaware State Bar Association announced proposed amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law (DGCL) intended to address appraisal proceedings, Section 251(h)...more

Delaware Court of Chancery Clamps Down on Disclosure-Only Settlements

In recent years, lawsuits challenging mergers and acquisitions have become almost ubiquitous. Virtually all of these cases settled for disclosure-only settlements in which the target’s stockholders received no money. Of...more

Delaware Court of Chancery Increases Scrutiny on Disclosure-Only M&A Class Action Settlements

As recently as 2014, nearly 95% of all mergers of public companies valued at $100 million or more triggered stockholder class action litigation. Historically, a large number of merger-related stockholder litigation settled...more

"Giving" And "Getting": The NC Business Court On Disclosure Only Class Action Settlements

Disclosure only settlements are in deep trouble in Delaware based on the Court of Chancery's recent decision in In re Trulia Inc. Stockholder Litigation. That decision is said to have sounded a "death knell" in Delaware for...more

After In re Trulia: Increased Scrutiny for the Give and the Get in Disclosure Settlements

It used to be that boards of public companies being acquired would routinely face one or (likely) more lawsuits alleging the directors breached their fiduciary duties because they had agreed to sell too cheaply or engaged in...more

Delaware Court of Chancery to Increase Scrutiny of Disclosure Settlements

The Delaware Court of Chancery has made its strongest statement yet in the ongoing conversation about shareholder “disclosure settlements,” i.e., settlements in which the sole or primary consideration received by shareholders...more

Inside the Courts: An Update From Skadden Securities Litigators - February 2016 / Volume 8 / Issue 1

We are pleased to present Inside the Courts (Volume 8, Issue 1), Skadden’s securities litigation newsletter. This quarter’s issue includes summaries and associated court opinions of selected cases principally decided between...more

2015 Year-End Securities Litigation and Enforcement Highlights

Welcome to the 2015 Year-End Report from the BakerHostetler Securities Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement Practice Team. The purpose is to provide a periodic survey, apart from our team Executive Alerts, on matters we...more

2015 Securities Class Actions by the Numbers

2015 was a busy, fast-paced year for securities class action filings. According to a report published by NERA Economic Consulting, 234 federal securities class action complaints were filed in 2015. This is the highest number...more

Court of Chancery Approves Disclosure Settlement Post-Trulia and Finds Management Projections Plainly Material

As detailed in a prior post (available here), the ruling in In re Trulia, Inc. Stockholders Litigation, 2016 WL 270821 (Del. Ch. Jan. 22, 2016) changed the legal landscape for so-called disclosure settlements. Among other...more

The Ropes Recap: Mergers & Acquisitions Law News - Fourth Quarter 2015

The Demise of Disclosure-Only Settlements? The Court of Chancery Outlines a New Regime. - In a recent opinion, Chancellor Bouchard of the Delaware Court of Chancery reiterated the Court of Chancery’s belief that...more

Delaware Chancery Court Rejects Disclosure-Only Settlement in Trulia/Zillow Merger Litigation, Making Clear Such Settlements Will...

On January 22, 2016, Delaware Chancellor Andre C. Bouchard rejected a proposed “disclosure-only” settlement in In re Trulia Stockholder Litigation. The decision confirms the Chancery Court’s growing skepticism for...more

In Trulia, Chancery Court Continues Crack Down on Disclosure-Only Settlements

It's a familiar story in M&A transactions. A merger is announced and, within days, the plaintiffs' bar scrambles to file suits on behalf of the selling company's stockholders, alleging that the seller's board agreed to an...more

M&A Litigation Update: Delaware Chancery Court Delivers Devastating Blow to Disclosure Settlements

A new decision makes clear that parties should no longer expect the Delaware Court of Chancery to approve broad settlements of M&A class actions based on supplemental proxy disclosures. Chancellor Andre Bouchard issued a...more

In re Trulia, Inc. Stockholder Litigation, C.A. No. 10020-CB (Del. Ch. Jan. 22, 2016) (Bouchard, C.)

This opinion represents the Court of Chancery’s latest and most definitive move toward greater scrutiny of disclosure-based settlements of stockholder class actions challenging public company mergers and acquisitions. In...more

Court of Chancery Targets “Deal Tax” Litigation By Increasing its Scrutiny of “Disclosure-Only” Settlements

M&A lawsuits and so-called “disclosure-only” settlements – where stockholder plaintiffs drop their requests to enjoin a deal and grant defendants broad releases primarily in exchange for supplemental disclosures to...more

Court Of Chancery Applies Entire Fairness To Controller Contract

This is an important and useful decision for at least two reasons. First, the Court carefully analyzes past Delaware precedent to conclude that the entire fairness test applies not just to squeeze-out mergers, but also to...more

CLIENT ALERT: Delaware Court of Chancery Adopts Materiality Standard For Approval Of “Disclosure Only” Settlements Of Stockholder...

In re Trulia, Inc. Stockholder Litigation, Consolidated C.A. No. 10020-CB (Del. Chancery) - In this opinion, the Delaware Court of Chancery announced that it will not approve “disclosure only” settlements unless the...more

Delaware Court of Chancery Rejects Another Disclosure-Only M&A Settlement and Warns of “Increasingly Vigilant” Scrutiny

The Delaware Court of Chancery dealt another blow to disclosure-only settlements of merger litigation and refused to approve a proposed class-action settlement arising from Zillow, Inc.'s acquisition of Trulia, Inc. ...more

Disclosure Settlement Rejected in Trulia Merger Litigation

Chancellor Bouchard of the Delaware Court of Chancery rejected a disclosure settlement in In Re Trulia, Inc. Stockholder Litigation. The Chancellor concluded the terms of the proposed settlement were not fair or reasonable...more

"Delaware Supreme Court Clarifies Earlier Rulings, Chancery Court Stakes Out New Positions"

Delaware courts tackled a number of issues of importance in 2015. The Delaware Supreme Court clarified prior inconsistent case law by reiterating that deference must be given to decisions made by disinterested directors. It...more

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